Nigeria is a country blessed with vast natural and human resources. Nature has gifted us with a good design that is so appealing that Nigeria is one of the world’s most naturally gorgeous nations. Simply put, Nigeria is an adventure.
Tourist sites and attractions are many in Nigeria, including natural attractions such as hills, waterfalls, springs, lakes, mountains, rocks, beaches, and so on; man-made attractions such as resorts, parks, game reserves, ranches, and so on; and cultural attractions such as festivals and carnivals.
The tourism attractions of Nigeria are dispersed across the country’s several states. Tourists visit Nigeria to experience its scenic cities, some of which include natural marvels, artistic treasures, magnificent beaches, resorts, parks, festivals, and food.
Tourism is one of Nigeria’s growing service industries, with the government and people working hard to develop and extend the country’s tourism amenities.
Check out these common tourist sites in different cities;
1. Cross River State (Tinapa, Obudu Cattle Ranch)
This is Nigeria’s first integrated business and leisure resort, with world-class facilities for business, leisure, and entertainment, is located in Calabar; the Agbokin and Kwa Falls; the Okwangwo Game Reserve in Obudu local government, and the Oban Forest Reserves, both of which were combined to form the Calabar National Park; the Boshi Game Reserve; the Mary Slessor Cottage; and a National Museum.
The Obudu Mountain Resort, also known as the Obudu Cattle Ranch, is one of Africa’s most beautiful, intriguing, and magnificent tourist sites. Obudu Mountain Resort is located in Cross River State’s highlands and dense tropical woods, with a moderate temperature, around 45 miles from the Cameroonian border.
If you’re seeking a combination of action and exquisite peacefulness, Obudu Cattle Ranch is the place to be. Obudu, with its abundant natural greenery and gorgeous views, is becoming increasingly popular among tourists from all across Nigeria and Africa.
2. Lagos State
Lagos as the previous national capital is proud of its numerous tourist attractions and centers. These include the long stretch of beaches from Lekki Beach to Alpha Beach, Tarkwa Bay Beach, Badagry Coconut Beach, Eleko Beach, Kuramo Beach, which is well known for night beaching, Maiyegun Beach, the French Village, the National Theatre, and the Murtala Mohammed Memorial Botanical Garden.
3. Ogun State
Ogun is also naturally beautiful and the Olumo Rock carves out art naturally. One you won’t see an exact replica elsewhere.
4. Akwa Ibom
The Oron Museum, noted for its collection of outstanding African sculptures, is located in Akwa Ibom, as is the Ibeno Beach and the Opobo Boatyard, which have natural sand beaches near Ikot Abasi.
5. Ogwuta Lake in Imo State
Oguta lake is a confluence lake. With two differently colored water that doesn’t mix no matter the effort put into mixing them. This creates a mind-blowing view of nature. There’s a myth that says a part of the water is the husband and the other part is the wife. They are together but never agree.
This is a popular tourist site, and most people, including locals, say Oguta Town is located on the east side of Oguta Lake. Oguta’s high-yield oil and gas reserves make it a significant territory and geographic region when compared to the economically crucial, oil-producing territories of the Imo State of Nigeria, which is home to several global oil firms such as AGIP, Shell, and Chevron. Oguta is sometimes used as a synonym for Oguta Local Government Area, or Oguta LGA, which has its headquarters at Oguta. Oguta LGA is one of the Imo State’s twenty-seven local government areas.
The tourist centers in Abuja alone include The Millenium park, Usuma Dam, Mpape crushed rocks, Ushafa crushed rocks, Almat farms, Jabi lake, Abuja art, and crafts village, and so on.
Abuja, the magnificent and well-planned National Capital, is a must-see for all travelers because, while Zuma Rock welcomes you, the massive Aso Rock hills inform you that the Federal Capital Territory is here.
7. Kebbi State
Many Nigerian cultural events are extremely popular with tourists. We cannot forget the energy and excitement that surrounds the Argungu Fishing Festival (Kebbi State). It was founded in the 1930s and is celebrated yearly between February and March. It attracts approximately 5,000 fishermen to the Argungu hamlet to compete to catch the biggest Nile perch.
8. Oyo State
The Egungun festival, the Oro festival, the Agemo festival, the Obinrin Ojowo festival, and the Igunnuko Masquerades happen here. We celebrate the Ode-Ibadan festival in Oyo State, Ibadan.
10. Osun State – Osun and Osogbo sacred grove
The deep forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of Osogbo, is one of southern Nigeria’s last remaining examples of primary high forest. The environment of the forest and its flowing river is littered with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures, and artworks in honor of Osun and other deities, and is revered as the dwelling of the goddess of fertility Osun. Who is one of the pantheons of Yoruba gods. The holy grove, which has become a symbol of identity for all Yoruba people, is most likely the last in Yoruba culture.
Nigeria is also proud of the Erin-Ijesha Water Falls in Osun State, as well as the Ibadan University Zoo, the Agodi Zoological Garden, and the Upper Ogun Games Reserve.
11. Ekiti State – Ikogosi Warm Spring
A massive outcrop of granite rocks of primitive formation, the highest point of which is about 137m above The Ikogosi Warm Spring is a natural wonder found in Ekiti State. Warm water from the rock meets a cold water stream 100 meters below. It has accommodation facilities.
Other tourist attractions and historical landmarks include;
12. Gberefu Island – Badagry Slave Route
More than 500,000 Africans were sold into slavery along Badagry’s shoreline over the span of three centuries.
Millions of people from the countryside were loaded onto ships and sent to dealers in European and American marketplaces decades ago. It is now a popular tourist site for those looking to see its well-preserved links to the transatlantic slave trade.
13. Kaduna – Kajuru Castle
Kajuru Castle is a luxurious home in Kajuru (Ajure) village in southern Kaduna State, Nigeria, built between 1981 and 1989. A German expatriate residing in Kaduna built it at the time.
The castle is located on a mountainside in Kajuru (Ajure) hamlet, Kaduna State, some 45 kilometers from Kaduna. It is consists of 1-meter-thick granite stone in a fantastical medieval-inspired Romanesque design. It features turrets, an armory, and a dungeon.
The castle is private property and can accommodate up to 150 people. Unidentified terrorists armed with heavy weapons burst into the castle on April 19, 2019, murdering two people: a British communication expert and a Nigerian assistant for the NGO Mercy Corps. Three more people were taken by the unnamed attackers.
Following an intervention by Nigerian police, the abducted captives were later released.
We are not forgetting the Ojukwu Bunker in Abia, which houses remnants and relics from the Nigeria civil war.
Even if tourism services in the country are not at their optimum at the present, the business is nonetheless thriving. With over 1,000,000 visitors visiting the country each year from neighboring African nations and throughout the continent. Nigerians are kind and welcoming people.
Nigerian hotels are a joy, and the majority provide tour/travel services. To name a few, the NICON NOGA Hilton Hotel Abuja, Sheraton Hotels, Newcastle Hotels Lagos/Imo state, Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos, and many other exclusive options. Travel broadens the intellect, and tourism is life and adventure.
This is the key to having a memorable tourism experience in Nigeria.
You are Welcome to Nigeria, visit our tourist sites, and be in awe of nature’s beauty.